Joan Y. Ervin Elementary – Lubbock ISD

Irvin Elem 300The crown jewel of the recent LISD bond package is the newly completed Joan Y Ervin Elementary School in east Lubbock. A merger of the old Wheatley and Iles elementary schools, this new facility is state of the art in technology and design. Designed by BGR Architects and built by Lee Lewis Construction, this new school features many of our products.

In each classroom there are marker and tack boards by Claridge. All the restrooms in the facility have solid plastic toilet compartments by Scranton Products. Wall protection and corner guards by Construction Specialties are located throughout. The exterior of the building features beautiful new bronze flagpoles by Concord Industries and building letters by Southwell.

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Coronado High School Cafeteria Renovation

Coronado High School

Coronado High School, Lubbock, TX

Coronado High School
Lubbock, TX

Construction Cost: The cafeteria is roughly 10% of a projected $11 million campus renovation.

Completion Date: Total renovation completion is scheduled for the Fall of 2013.

Purpose: Complete renovation/addition as part of the LISD bond election and the initiative to close the campuses of all high schools and make the cafeterias more appealing to the students.

Contractor/Client: Lee Lewis Construction

Description: As part of the renovation of the school cafeteria, Sterling Building Materials provided materials from several different manufacturers, including:

  • toilet partitions by Scranton Products in the new restrooms
  • FE and cabinets by Larsen’s throughout the complex
  • Dedication plaque by Southwell
  • Aluminum floor hatch by Bilco


Acrovyn Doors – the New Normal

Acrovyn Door Installation

Acrovyn Door Installation

If there’s one area in any given building that gets more abuse than others, it has to be doorways. Flooring would run a close second, but flooring is generally designed to withstand the daily rigors of foot traffic. Doors are another subject altogether.

Think about how many times you have personally attempted to open a door and mistakenly slammed into it because you were going faster than your hand was turning the knob. Or maybe you can remember the times you’ve seen or heard (or done it yourself) a door slam way too hard due to air flow or even anger? What about the times you’ve seen someone turn the handle and then kick the door open with their foot? All this and more is commonplace in our businesses and homes… not to mention the simple stress of opening and closing dozens (if not hundreds) of time each and every day. It’s no wonder doors get worn out so quickly and lose their luster way before their appointed time.

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Considering Budgets Pre-Project

Consider Budgets Pre-Project

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Our concern at Sterling Building Materials is that your project comes in at or under budget. We want to keep you as a valued customer, so we are only successful when you are completely satisfied.

With that in mind, here is an article that we want to reprint. Much of this is common knowledge, but it never hurts to revisit basic budgeting principles again. Thanks to Emily Beach of for these thoughts.

When it comes to preparing a construction budget, items such as building materials and installation costs are fairly easy to determine. These numbers are mostly taken from subcontractor’s bids, making the working portion of the budget relatively straightforward. The costs that are often overlooked are those relating to the construction site itself, as well as management, labor, and facilities. These costs are known as “General Conditions,” and include any expenses incurred on the job that are not directly related to building or purchasing materials.

Management costs

This includes the salary and labor burden of the project manager, project administrators, superintendent and assistants. Multiply the hourly salary of each of these individuals by the number of hours he or she will work on the project each week. Use your project schedule to determine how many weeks the project is expected to continue, and multiply this by the total weekly salaries to find total management expense.

Other labor costs

While most work on the project will be performed by subcontractors, the general contractor may also have some employees on the site. These individuals may be responsible for safety installations, covering scope gaps (like door installation and basic carpentry), or helping with cleanup and material storage. Multiply the weekly salary of these individuals by the length of the project to determine labor costs.

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